Cowries purses, but when they’re gone they’re gone.

We’re busy digging deep for items we think have a future as a nautical gift. Take these cowrie shell purses, you wont get more than a couple of pound coins in but they have been made from the shell of a beautiful cowrie and have a small clasp to close. Limited supply and we are selling in fives for under a fiver! A “be quick” one. And look at that beautiful Poole Quay sunny January skyline!

A shell suitable for the engagement ring?

Sunday, the weather has been miserable, but in Dorset at around 1.30pm today the sun appeared from nowhere and I had some stock to pick up from the shop. I motored down to Poole Quay with sun visor front and side down and expecting to open for no more than half an hour, took the liberty of parking in the loading bay outside Dorset Gifts. Things didn’t go entirely to plan. I collected some cowrie place mats and beautiful trocha shells but the shop door wasn’t entirely closed. And if someone sticks their head in and asks if we are open, my accountant’s advice is to always say “yes”. A charming gent enquired about the perfect seashell to hold an engagement ring and present hopefully to  his future wife on the beach at Studland. We have previously used and recommended brown cockle shells for male divers intending to propose on a coral reef ( honestly ) and for this purpose we usually need two matching halves but this enquiry was more a nice walk along the beach to the Banks Arms, suitor finds beautiful seashell not native to these parts, points hopefully at it to future wife and then proposes to her as she picks it up. We decided on a left handed whelk and not because he was left handed but because they are not overly ostentatious and a lovely shape, a little unusual and easy to keep the band of gold secure in the lip.  We hope it all goes well!!!

The most popular craft seashells for sea themed tables.

White heart cockle seashells are mainly sourced from South East Asian waters but if you’re lucky to be on any of the Irish beaches down south you’ll find some pretty, beautiful dazzling white cockle shells there too. We sell ours in two sizes and these are probably the most popular for scattering around centre pieces for nautical décor, for filling vases, for bulking up and surrounding larger seashells. Due to their lightness and small size they can also be glued to driftwood or decorative items. Bubble shells are another popular alternative, often mixed with heart cockle shells and our third best seller in this colour and size are moon shells which are a little heavier and rounder. We continually add craft and smaller seashells, sometimes in one off batches so always worth keeping an eye on this page.

Nautical weddings on our minds for January?

Traditionally we see a spike in sales for all nautical things “white” in January. We will be updating this site with special offers for some of our best selling wedding lines over the next few weeks. We have already reduced from £25 our giant spider conch shells which have always been popular as a nautical centre piece or a feature seashell to be surrounded by other smaller ( perhaps white! ) seashells. We have 150 to sell at the new price – all on or over 25 cms – at the new price they move in to “wedding favour” territory! New small white cockle seashells arriving 8th January and contact us on 01202 285163 to discuss your needs. Also we are expecting some very pretty cockle heart garlands that have bubble and other small seashells built in to the heart – arriving Friday 15 January.

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